Camber Corporation U2 ISR Image Quality SME 16827 in Beale AFB, California
Huntington Ingalls Industries - Technical Solutions Division, Integrated Mission Solutions Group (Camber Corporation) provides mission-critical engineering and technical service to Information Technology, Federal Civilian, and National Security, Aerospace & Defense and International government and commercial customers at over 100 locations worldwide.
HII-TSD, Integrated Mission Solutions Group (Camber Corporation) is currently seeking an Image Quality (IQ)/Image Access Solutions (IAS) Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support the U-2 Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Mission Planning Cell (MPC) support program and work out of Beale Air Force Base, California with possible travel to other continental United States (CONUS) and overseas (OCONUS) locations as directed by the 99thReconnaissance Squadron Commander (99 RS/CC).
This position resides within the U-2 Research & Development Laboratory and is responsible for supporting the Director for Systems. The contractor will provide independent validation and verification of the image quality chain supporting: (1) U-2 Pre-Mission Planning, (2) Near Real-Time U-2 Mission Execution, & (3) U-2 Research & Development Laboratory lines of effort . Additionally, the contractor will provide the full range of Image Quality (IQ) Tracking and Trending with respect to U-2 imagery data received to ground sites (i.e. U-2 Mission Planning Cell, etc.). Furthermore, the Contractor will provide Image Access Solutions (IAS) over bandwidth-constrained communication networks, to traditional and non-traditional customers, as well as novel solutions for quick processing, exploitation, and dissemination capabilities. The IQ/IAS SME will be responsible for: (1) Developing and maintaining an overarching U-2 IQ Program, (2) Supporting image quality efforts and image chain analysis for the U-2 platform, (3) Advising the Government on all matters concerning image quality and image chain issues, (4) Analyzing the potential impact on overall image quality due to changes in intelligence systems such as operational deficiencies, modernization advancements, capabilities upgrades, and configuration changes to systems architecture, (5) Performing independent quality assessment of surveillance and intelligence imagery collected by the U-2 platform, and (6) Ensure U-2 ground sites MPC systems are provided with superior reconnaissance surveillance imagery data and able to perform orthorectification of OBC imagery in support of national defense and intelligence requirements.
Duties and Responsibilities (to include but not be limited to the following):
Perform air sensor IQ tracking and trending. Provide end-to-end Image Chain Investigation and Analysis (ICIA) of the U-2 system for Image Quality (IQ) Performance Tracking and Trending of Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) sensors, including, but not limited to: Electro-Optical (EO) Infra-red (IR) to include Multi-Spectral and Hyper-Spectral, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Systems, and film (i.e. Optical Bar Camera - OBC) in support of national defense strategic initiatives.
Perform IQ evaluations via all available means, including, but not limited to: subjective metrics (i.e. visual analysis), objective metrics (i.e. quantitative IQ related metrics), and image artifact quantification.
Develop/maintain/use automated and manual algorithms for IQ evaluations.
Daily sampling and IQ analysis of operational image data obtained via classified communications network and/or sent directly to the contractor with quick turn (24-hour) notification of verified abnormalities in IQ trends.
Perform full IQ analysis (both visual and quantitative) twice per month, per unique operational sensor serial number/sensor kit from random missions obtained via classified communication network and/or sent directly to the contractor representing the full fleet of operational platform specific imaging sensors.
Provide IQ analysis on a statistically significant sample of the OBC missions.
Summarize analysis and results per imaging sensor and modality (where applicable) within monthly sensor status reports delivered to the Government on a monthly basis.
Provide imaging sensor-derived IQ evaluation. Perform investigation and analysis on imagery-derived Full Spectrum Geospatial Intelligence (FSGI) products derived from the U-2 platform.
IQ evaluations of U-2 Geospatial Intelligence (FSGI) products including, but not limited to: subjective metrics (i.e. visual analysis), objective metrics (i.e. quantitative IQ related metrics), and image artifact quantification.
Visual IQ metrics include a subjective visual rating that should encompass the impact of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR), sharpness, and artifacts on the overall IQ of the product, where applicable.
Quantitative IQ metrics include dynamic range, SNR, sharpness, and measures of the correlation of change detection products where available.
All related analysis and evaluations are summarized in either special reports or included in monthly sensor reports.
Support Special Analysis Requests. Provide systems engineering support for IMINT sensor related special studies and image chain evaluations for new U-2 sensors, architecture changes, ground processing and Electronic Light Table (ELT) application IQ issues, as directed. All related analysis and evaluations are summarized in special reports.
Evaluate and/or consult on technical/management topics. Perform evaluations and/or consult regarding IMINT sensor and Program-related technical and management related topics.
Support/Establish Standard Reference Image Sets. Support planning and establishment of standard reference image sets (to include FGSI analysis) for each sensor (i.e. EO/IR/SAR) system that have known ground truth attributes. These target test sets can then be used to monitor operational tasking, processing, exploitation, and dissemination (TPED) performance as well as validate and verify that the performance of any image processing chain changes meets or exceeds current configurations.
Perform Subject Matter Expert (SME) coordination. Maintain close coordination with IMINT sensor related SMEs to collaborate on identified IQ issues and processing performance problems.
Provide Air Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) IQ support. The Contractor shall provide the following SAR image quality support utilizing SAR detected and/or complex data, when available, to ensure accuracy of results: Perform IQ analysis twice (2x) per month, per unique operational sensor serial number/sensor kit of user selected missions sent to the Contractor, and random missions retrieved via classified communication network. Perform measurement, analysis, and artifact review of SAR image data and FSGI products using metrics such as impulse response (IPR) width (resolution/focus), side lobe analysis (phase error), signal to noise ratio (SNR), image intensity uniformity (pointing error), and geometric distortion. Provide feedback via reports listing each sensor by Equipment ID number with an associated image quality ranking. Maintain a historical data library that will preserve test and mission data to be used for tracking and trending of sensor performance, to be leveraged in support of issue resolution activities.
Provide Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) IQ support. The Contractor shall provide the following EO/IR Image Quality Support: Perform IQ analysis twice per month, per unique operational sensor serial number/sensor kit of user selected missions sent to the Contractor, and random missions retrieved via classified communication network. Perform measurement, analysis, and artifact review of EO/IR image data and FSGI products using metrics such as sharpness, SNR, focus setting and exposure. Provide feedback via reports listing each sensor by Equipment ID number with an associated image quality ranking. Maintain a historical data library that will preserve test and mission data to be used for tracking and trending of sensor performance to be leveraged in support of issue resolution activities.
Provide Air Film IQ support. The Contractor shall provide the following Film Image Quality Support: Perform IQ analysis on all available operational missions at NGA Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) and perform quarterly reviews on all operational missions available at Beale AFB. Perform system quality analysis. Perform mission exposure planning Perform Visual Image Evaluation by Magnification (VIE-Mag). Perform functionality check. Provide feedback reports listing each sensor kit by Equipment ID number with an associated image quality ranking. Perform mission recall. Perform in-depth evaluations when needed. Maintain historical data that will preserve test and mission data to be used for tracking and trending of sensor performance, to be leveraged in support of issue resolution activities.
Qualifications and Experience:
General Required Qualifications-
Be a U.S. citizen.
Maintain a current passport throughout the Period of Performance.
Obtain all entry/exit visas for countries as required for work performance.
Pass a standard physical examination that includes, at a minimum: medical history, height, weight, blood pressure, HIV antibody, and chest x-ray.
Be physically capable of performing tasks outlined in Duties and Responsibilities Section above.
Have all required immunizations prior to OCONUS travel.
Comply with all security requirements as outlined the contract Statement of Work (SOW).
Willing and able to work ini a demanding, high-stress environment.
Specific Required Qualifications-
Significant experience with Electro-Optical/Infra-red (to include Multi-Spectral and HyperSpectral), Synthetic Aperture Radar, and film (Optical Bar Camera) imagery analysis.
Imagery analysis experience in the Intelligence Community.
Attended either the Geospatial Intelligence Training Program or equivalent.
Knowledge of exploitation functionalities.
Demonstrated good oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of imagery exploitation software.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Knowledge of the intelligence collection process.
Knowledgeable of multi-spectral imagery exploitation
B.A./B.S., M.S., or PhD in an Engineering or Scientific field discipline from an accredited academic institution.
Experience with HAISR airborne platforms.
Five (5) years minimum experience with Electro-Optical/Infra-red (to include Multi-Spectral and Hyper-Spectral), Synthetic Aperture Radar, and film (Optical Bar Camera) imagery analysis.
US Citizenship required
The selected applicant will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information
All candidates will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and drug screening per HII requirements
Must have a Secret and/or NATO Secret clearance
Camber Corporation is part of the Integrated Mission Solutions Group of HII’s Technical Solutions division. Integrated Mission Solutions Group is a leading provider of Agile Software Engineering and Information Technology solutions; All Hazards services; Modeling, Simulation, and Training solutions and services; Unmanned Systems support; Intelligence Analysis and Operations; and Engineering and Management services to Department of Defense, Federal, and commercial customers.
Integrated Mission Solutions Group (Camber), a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII) is headquartered in Huntsville, AL. From Camber’s founding in 1990, we have grown to 32 offices, positioned to provide responsive support to our customers across the United States. We deploy personnel to support our customers globally, including many locations in Asia, Africa, and Europe, providing daily interface on technical, programmatic, and operations issues. Overall, more than 1,600 Camber professionals deliver ISO 9001:2008-certified and CMMI ML3 high-value solutions to customers worldwide.
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